A few months later, happenstance found us on the beach again. Cruising friends had invited us to sail to Taboga, eight miles south of the Balboa Yacht Club. Known as the Island of Flowers, Taboga tastefully blends natural and manicured beauty to create a charming retreat from the hustle and bustle of Panama City. Among its attractions are the ruins of the sanatorium that housed French canal builders plagued with malaria and yellow fever. One noted patient was French Impressionist, Paul Gauguin, who once worked as a laborer on the canal. Colorful tributes to Gauguin grace the sanatorium's entrance while a short hike up the road from the sanatorium leads to breath-taking ocean views. Taboga also has a soft, sandy isthmus that's exposed at low tide. Once again, we were presented with the opportunity to careen for routine maintenance.